I play in Witbank on Friday nights. After my gig this past Friday I had joined a table of regular customers for a casual “hello” and one of the guys started asking about my atheism (I usually don’t tell customers I’m an atheist but these guys have known me for about a year now). Next thing another guy, whom I had not met before, leans over and says to me, “Hey! Please leave our table now!” So I say, “Why? We are just chatting and I’m answering this other guy’s questions.” So he says, “You offend my culture”. So I replied, “Sorry, but we’re just having a friendly discussion here” (or something like that).
Then this guy says to me, “Look, just fck off or else I will fck you up!” I said, “Wow, Dude, chill” and he says again “I’m going to fck you up … just FCK OFF”. He got extremely aggressive with me. So I said, “Why? Are you a Christian?” He reckons, “Yes, now f*ck off” SO I said, “That is exactly what I’d expect from a Christian” and walked away. The guy was HUGE and very angry and I hadn’t even spoken to him or met him before - he had just been listening in to our conversation.
BTW I see the forum automatically changes my typing to “freck” but it’s not what he said.
The entire incident has left me shaken and traumatized - so much aggression directed at me for no apparent reason except not being a Christian. And do you know what else - nobody at the table (there were about 6 others) told me to stay or defended me - they all agreed and told me to leave. I am still in shock - it was terrible.
I just wanted to vent to you guys - thanks for reading. Any of you had a similar incident? This has not been the first time for me, but it was the first time someone got really aggressive.